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Peter Balonon-Rosen

Associate Producer

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I produce the narrative podcasts “The Uncertain Hour” and “This Is Uncomfortable.” I also report radio features for Marketplace’s radio programs, write for our website and serve as an in-studio and field photographer.

What was your first job?

Dishwasher

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Video conferences.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Park ranger.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Snacks for the snack desk.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

How to actually pronounce the word “timbre.” Apparently it’s different than what you yell when a tree’s falling, but I’m still skeptical.

 

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Seeking out tornadoes with storm chasers for half a week to report a story about the business of storm chasing. Watching severe storms develop over the prairies of Nebraska was breathtaking.

Episodes Hosted by Peter (1)

Latest Stories from Peter (44)

The emotional struggle of receiving an inheritance

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Aug 21, 2019
When money, death and grief mix there's no playbook for what to do. And for years, one young man has been stuck.
Dean Antonio, whose father passed away in 2017. After his dad's death, Dean got a sizeable inheritance that he's been conflicted about having.

From cringeworthy to scary: a history of anti-drug PSAs

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Mar 26, 2019
We remember anti-drug PSAs for reasons their makers didn't intend.
Illustration by Rose Conlon, images courtesy of Partnership for a Drug-Free America, National Crime Prevention Council and Truth.

As 70 mm film sees a comeback, who's running those projectors?

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Sep 27, 2018
A mainstream surge in the format meets a depleted projectionist industry.
Genevieve Havemeyer-King practices threading a 70 mm projector at the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Brooklyn, New York.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

The world's unlikely capital of heavy metal

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Sep 7, 2018
When a tiny, rural Finnish town of 3,000 residents earned the title it presented a wild opportunity.
Finnish thrash metal band Stam1na performing at the 2014 Rakuuna Rock festival in Lappeenranta, Finland. The band's hometown Lemi, population 3,076, was recently crowned the Capital of Metal.
Tuomas Vitkainen/Wikimedia Commons

How storm chasers turn tornadoes into tourist attractions

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jun 28, 2018
A growing industry is offering a front row seat to extreme weather.
Dylan Johnson for Marketplace
Economics of Disability

Special education costs add up for parents, schools as federal law remains underfunded

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jun 22, 2018
For the first time, schools are legally required to make special education meaningful. But they've been given no additional money to make it happen.
[Image Description: Numerous toys are spread across a child’s playground. The ground is sandy. A pink children’s seat is in the middle of the image, with a yellow toy truck and multi-colored doll house behind it. In the background is a blue set of benches.]
NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Why a trucker shortage really, really matters

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jun 15, 2018
The U.S. is facing a national trucker shortage. With the economy in an upswing, there’s more of a demand for goods than there are people to transport them. As carriers try to attract drivers with perks and pay raises, companies…

How women landed the invisible work of social media labor

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jun 1, 2018
It can start with the language used in job descriptions.
Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images

With tariffs on our closest allies, what kind of trade policy is this?

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jun 1, 2018
It's "a steady policy of throwing stink bombs into rooms, having the room clear out and then saying, 'OK, let's sit down and talk.'"
Mexico announced sweeping retaliatory tariffs on a host of U.S. goods Thursday after the United States slapped steep tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the European Union. Above, a man works in a steel distribution factory in Monterrey in northern Mexico on May 31.
JULIO CESAR AGUILAR/AFP/Getty Images

Not white? Ancestry services don't work so well. Companies are looking for fixes.

by Peter Balonon-Rosen May 25, 2018
More people of color need to take DNA tests to improve the results, but people of color won't buy kits if they don't provide worthwhile information.
Ancestry.com can reveal DNA information from 289 regions in Europe and four regions in Asia.
courtesy Michael Kim